PAVING THE WAY: Kushal Solanki doesn't let his blindness get in the way of him achieving his goals. He's on the road to a career in IT with support from disability support tutor Taghan O'Sullivan.
PAVING THE WAY: Kushal Solanki doesn't let his blindness get in the way of him achieving his goals. He's on the road to a career in IT with support from disability support tutor Taghan O'Sullivan. Adam Head

TAFE student Kushal has sights set on a future in IT

COMPLETING a Certificate III in Information Digital Media is an achievement in itself but it's particularly impressive if the student is blind.

Kushal Solanki, who is 100% sight-impaired, recently finished his certificate III with Gold Coast TAFE and has now made a start on his Diploma of IT Networking.

"I've been tech-savvy even from a young age. I like working with computers and use an iPhone, so it has inspired me to do IT," he said. "For the technical parts (of my studies) I have had to have assistance (but) it's worked out pretty well.

"I was told to take a TAFE pathway because TAFE has got more support. There is a more direct communication environment. At uni you either know your lecturer or you don't but this is more of a classroom environment and what I am used to."

Disability coach Taghan O'Sullivan has been helping Solanki through his courses, having also studied through TAFE.

"I studied education support to get back into work and it's been great," she said.

"With Kushal, I read out notes, we work on assignments together, and I will get the equipment and Kushal will set it up. I'm learning along the way, too."

Solanki also uses specialised software designed to assist sight- impaired students.



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